So my understanding is that we had a new writer for this episode, and if so, they performed excellently. All the characters were brilliant, the pacing was great, it was just a great episode. I think my favorite part was when Rarity had been covered by the screen, and she just completely checked out. Twilight finds her crying under a silk drape, gone to her happy place, and it was just so cute and so sad. Maaaaan, I hope the rest of the season is this good, I don't know what I'd do with it if it were.